enlarge 103KB, 540x800 1 ut04d4001s Danny - waking up at Camp 3
enlarge 104KB, 540x800 2 ut04d4002s Dan - Is that a yawn?
enlarge 112KB, 533x800 3 ut04d4003b Roger - heading back up Slickhorn.
enlarge 126KB, 533x800 4 ut04d4004b Danny & Shelby - we made another stop at this pool on the way back up Slickhorn.
enlarge 110KB, 533x800 5 ut04d4005b Danny - looking up side canyon below Trail Canyon.
enlarge 126KB, 533x800 6 ut04d4006b Slickhorn Canyon near first Side Canyon below Trail Canyon.
enlarge 94KB, 800x540 7 ut04d4007s Flower - photo by Shelby
enlarge 156KB, 800x540 8 ut04d4009s Roger & Bill resting at Camp 4 (also Camp 2) at mouth of Trail Canyon. It was hot and sunny when we arrived at our campsite but it soon clouded up and we had rain in the evening, which forced Danny to end his streak of tentless nights that had dated back to 1999.
enlarge 128KB, 533x800 9 ut04d4010b View of eastern end of Big Ledge Ruin - if you zoom the photo you will see Shelby in the alcove at the center of the photo. We had missed the cairns for the trail and continued up wash till we hit the pouroff pool. Shelby climbed up the wall but I had to backtrack around.
enlarge 107KB, 800x540 10 ut04d4011s A small granary on an intermediate ledge below Big Ledge Ruins.
enlarge 106KB, 800x533 11 ut04d4012b Another view of granary - notice how sandstone door has been fitted to seal opening.
enlarge 124KB, 800x540 12 ut04d4013s View of Ruins - this is the alcove that I had photographed Shelby in (see previous photo). The logs had once served as roof beams for the demolished structure in the foreground.
enlarge 127KB, 800x540 13 ut04d4014s Bill at ruin.
enlarge 115KB, 800x540 33 ut04d4035s Close up showing mix of construction types.
enlarge 83KB, 540x800 34 ut04d4036s Close up.
enlarge 117KB, 800x540 35 ut04d4037s Beyond this wall the ledge narrows considerably.
enlarge 114KB, 800x540 36 ut04d4017s Looking back across canyon from Big Ldege - this was as far as I got - you could scramble up the ledge to the right and see more ruins but it looked a little dicey for a 60 year old. Shelby had no trouble, however, but then he can climb like a monkey.
enlarge 99KB, 533x800 37 ut04d4039b This is as far as I got - more ruins are further along the ledge.
enlarge 111KB, 533x800 38 ut04d4040b Shelby - he told me I could go farther but it looked too hairy for me.
enlarge 112KB, 800x533 39 ut04d4041b View of easternmost ruins along Big Ledge.
enlarge 123KB, 533x800 40 ut04d4042b Heading down - you can see the big dropoff here.
enlarge 134KB, 533x800 41 ut04d4044b One last look back at the easten edge of Big Ledge.
enlarge 129KB, 533x800 42 ut04d4045b The reason for the ruins - the big pouroff pool that surely was a source of year round water.
enlarge 102KB, 533x800 43 ut04d4046b Looking down Trail canyon from the top of the pouroff below Big Ledge.
enlarge 132KB, 540x800 44 ut04d4047s Another view from along the trail skirting the pouroff - there was a granary visible (zoom photo) in the crack near its left end.
enlarge 123KB, 533x800 45 ut04d4043b Looking up to the western end of Big Ledge.
enlarge 114KB, 800x533 46 ut04d4048b Close up of ledge - this was the area that Shelby got to.
enlarge 105KB, 800x540 47 ut04d5001s Last day - hiking out: We started out in the dark with the trail barely visible. This was above the Big Ledge ruins. Allison and Eric are way ahead of Bill in the rear.
enlarge 82KB, 533x800 48 ut04d5002b Above Big Ledge Trail canyon becomes choked with boulders - a "trail" of sorts skirts the obstacles on the left side (looking down canyon). This photo is where the side trail joins the wash above the obstacles seen here looking down canyon.
enlarge 95KB, 540x800 49 ut04d5003s Roger at a series of slick rock pools about a mile and a half from the trailhead.
enlarge 86KB, 540x800 50 ut04d5005s Roger - doing a "Buckwheat" pose.
enlarge 101KB, 540x800 51 ut04d5006s Allison and Eric approaching the last big pouroff going up canyon. As you can see by the height of the canyon walls we are nearly to the top of the mesa here.
enlarge 148KB, 800x533 52 ut04d5007b The guys were waiting for me when I got to the top of the last big pouroff - Danny reprises the "Invisible Man" pose
enlarge 139KB, 800x561 53 ut04d5008b Bill, Shelby & Danny .
enlarge 95KB, 586x800 54 ut04d5009b Before you reach the top, there are a series of small pouroffs to negotiate - here Eric and Allison going up one.
enlarge 115KB, 800x540 55 ut04d5010s Eric at small ruin at the last pouroff.
enlarge 130KB, 800x561 56 ut04d5011b Shelby (with sticker-burrs in hair and clothing) at ruin at last pouroff near trailhead.
enlarge 115KB, 800x540 57 ut04d5012s Shelby - at trailhead- you can't tell there is a canyon from here.
enlarge 85KB, 800x533 58 ut04d5013b The gang: Bill, Allison, Eric, Shelby, Roger, and Danny. The trusty Suburban at right. Troop gear is piled at center.